“Sly” my cat passed away today – my dearest pet I love you

best cat - my buddy

This morning one of my darling cats passed over the rainbow bridge….  I ask myself, “My pet died, now what am I supposed to do?”    The first thing I want to do for my cat ( that was like my little boy ) is honor his memory.

my son and his cat
my son, our cat and dog together

At our home, shortly after sitting on the couch a white fluffy ball of fur would land on your lap.  This cat would rub his head on your arm, look at you with that adorable black patch over his eye, purr and rub your arm again just enough to motivate you to pet him.  Watching his playfulness and nudges of appreciation was so joyful one would find themselves petting Sly for hours.

best cat - my buddy
he grabs the sheets

Sly, as I pulled the sheets out of the dryer you would ready yourself on the bed. 😉  You made making the beds so entertaining for me!  It took me four times as long to get the sheets fitted but I didn’t mind because watching you have fun and jump around the covers was so joyful…  This chubby cat made me smile every day.

my beautiful cat
Sly loving his catnip!

My little buddy I will miss our catnip times.  Oh what a silly cat you would become and start wrestling with your brother.  You brought a lot of spirit into our home Sly!

white and black cats
Sly and Batman playing after catnip!
brother cats that love eachother
these 2 cats love each other

The kitty love between Batman and Sly was precious.  Batman will start looking for Sly by tonight so our family will be extra attentive to him.  Sly,  we will take good care of your brother and hope your spirit will visit him often.

cats together


My fluffy Sly,  lets remember the 12 1/2 years of loved filled days.  All the adventures around the house.  How about the times you set your doggies in their place.  My darling cat,  your cancer worsened and it was time for you to be at peace.  As I held you this morning I told you over and over how much you are loved and I know you felt it.  It was torture to let you go my little boy; but no pet should have to endure such pain.  You live in my heart forever.  Sly our lives were better because of you and I will think of you everyday.


loving cats
Sly and Batman


Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.



Author: tjsgarden

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32 thoughts on ““Sly” my cat passed away today – my dearest pet I love you”

  1. Thank you for your story it is helping me heal, my little buddy passed away very recently while on deployment during a 2 week training exercise. I loved him very much and will miss him terribly.

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  2. What a beautiful memorial. It is so hard to let go of a pet that has become a part of your life. I’m still morning a cat friend of mine. Your words r touching. My heart goes out 2 u. All of my love ,Barb

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  3. We learnt thanks to Mollie and Alfie that your beloved Sly had crossed over the rainbow bridge.
    We didn’t know you or Sly but we know how hard it is to lose a furry friend, so we just want to send some virtual hugs and purrs.
    Sly is most probably playing with all the furry friends we have all lost, over the rainbow bridge. And he knows he was and still is loved. The above post is a beautiful tribute.
    ((hugs and purrs))


  4. An awesome tribute from a beautiful mother’s heart! It brought tears to my eyes. I am sure Sly’s transition is to help others ascend! He has touched so many hearts…. Tj I am sending you love blanket, light and warm hugs in your time of sadness. I am here if you need me my friend.


  5. Oh we are so sorry..We want you to know, we are thinking of you and our love goes to you and your family..Sly’s gone to the Kittie playground in the sky..where he will make new furriends and have so much fun 🙂
    Lots of hugs and love..
    Stella, Mollie and Alfie xxx000xxx


      1. My cat Simba passed 9 years ago and whenever I am ill I feel him curl up on my feet in bed as he always did when he was alive I will admit the first few times it happened it did freak me out a little but now I can always tell when he is visiting xxxx


      1. There was a PBS special of 2 cheetahs. Maybe you saw it. A researcher/animal behaviorist/whatever he was, raised the 2 since they were babies. Cute as could be. He was trying to introduce them to the wild. This is a tough job and often not successful. But these 2 when they were grown, were helpful to each other. One was more adventurous and the brother was more timid (they actually got this on camera too). They had radio neckbands so they could be traced for their own safety. Well, one of them didn’t make it, I think it was the timid one. He was attacked by lions if I remember correctly. The brother kept calling for him. The researcher’s assistant slept with the Cheetah during the early separation between the two cats. The researcher was beside himself. It was very hard to watch. You might be able to view it on the PBS website although probably not right away; maybe in a month or two when your ready. So, your comment about feeling sad for Batman reminded me. Eventually the brother was fine although they had to keep track of him because he was always so close to getting into trouble! That Cheetah never forgot the researcher and he could approach it months later without fear when it had adjusted to the wild. It was truly an amazing story,


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